#4 Ghost in the Razor


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CAINA is the Ghost circlemaster of Istarinmul, leader of the Emperor’s spies in the city. She has hindered the malevolent plans of the sinister Grand Master Callatas, but has been unable to defeat him.

Callatas has slaughtered every foe who ever challenged him, and Caina may be next.

CASSANDER NILAS is a ruthless magus of the brutal Umbarian Order, and seeks to destroy the Emperor. At last he has found the key to the downfall of the Empire.

All he needs to do is kill Caina Amalas, and the Empire will burn.

MORGANT THE RAZOR is an assassin of legend and myth. He vanished a hundred and fifty years past, but he may hold the key to Caina’s victory.

Or her final defeat…

52 thoughts on “#4 Ghost in the Razor

  1. Bought it!! I know what I’ll be reading tonight!
    By the way, on Amazon.com it writes it was available since January 5th, and I just got the newsletter now πŸ™

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

      The different ebook retailers tend to take different amounts of time to process new books. I usually send out the newsletter once all the retailers are ready to go. (I wanted to get iTunes on there too, but it was taking too long.)

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked it.

      If all goes well, I should be able to start writing GHOST IN THE INFERNO in March.

  2. Great book! Enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the other ghost/ ghost in exile books. Biggest problem — waiting for next one.

    Which of your other series are closest in tone / style to ghost books?

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the GHOSTS books! I’m glad you liked them.

      I don’t think any of my other series have the same tone/style as the GHOSTS books, but that is by design.

  3. Great book as always! So I just wanted to hit a couple of things.

    I know you have entertained the idea of cania being alone probably forever, but come on the attraction between cania and kylon is so tangible. I was literally blushing and giggle at every little embarrassing moment between them.
    When are we going to find out more about Nassar because kylon has a point he seem less trustful right now.
    I don’t know if I can survive another death like Halfdan and Corvallis because I usually read the book twice but I couldn’t with Ghost in the Surge because it hurt to much. So please don’t kill kylon I almost cried when I thought he was dead.
    And I would love to see tanzir shahan because I am so proud of him.
    Sorry if the grammar is bad I’m on a iPad and I’m just speaking.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the book.

      It will be interesting to see what happens to Caina & Kylon. πŸ™‚

      Tanzir Shahan will definitely be back, and he might even be back in GHOST IN THE INFERNO (depends on how I plot it). Caina hasn’t fully realized it yet, but her actions have destabilized Istarinmul to the point where it’s about to erupt. The southern emirs are furious at the Grand Wazir and the Slavers’ Brotherhood, and Tanzir is one of their leaders. So Caina’s going to see him again, and soon.


    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the book.

      Currently, the plan is for nine total books in GHOST EXILE.

    1. It hasn’t been created yet, though it’s scheduled for late February. I will post the cover for GHOST IN THE INFERNO when I start editing the rough draft, which I think will be in April if all goes well.

  4. I absolutely adore these books. Since I knlw it’s going to be a while for Ghost in the Inferno to come out I’ve decided to read the entire series all over again.

    I’m so looking forwardkto seeing Tanzir again and I’m dying to see Nasser and Laertes’ reactions to Caina being a woman.

    Love the fact Kylon is back, was nearly in tears when he explains what happened do Thalastre and his unborn baby

    Fantastic series! 5 star all the way

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them.

      Tanzir will definitely be back in future books. As for Nasser and Laertes finally discovering that Caina is a woman…well, the longer a joke goes on, the bigger the punchline has to be. πŸ™‚

      Enjoy the re-read! I think the entire GHOSTS series is something like 1,170,000 words now (not counting short stories) so that is quite the re-read project!

      1. Up to now ive reread up to the end of Ghost in the Surge (ps im not cryong its one of those damned smoke bombs) but I was wondering, havr you ever been approached about a tv show for this? Even though we know what happens I know everyone who reads the books would watch it, and a lot of people I know who haven’t read the books would be into a show/film of this genre
        If you could do you think it’s something you’d want for the series?

        Btw if theres spelling errors forgive me but this phone is a nightmare

        1. I’ve never been approached about the TV rights for the series – I think you have to sell at GAME OF THRONES level for that to happen.

          I would have no objection to a TV show, though frankly it would depend on how much the production company offered for the film rights. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, but not as a main character. Enough people have asked what he’s been doing that a I might write a short story from his perspective at some point.

    1. Good question!

      No, for a couple reasons, and some of those reasons will be significant in coming GHOST EXILE books.

      One, Jadriga was much older than Callatas. By the time of the GHOSTS books, Callatas was over two hundred years old. Jadriga, however, had existed in some form or another for nearly twenty-five centuries, so while Callatas was a blip upon her radar (more on that below), he wasn’t that much different than many other rival sorcerers she had crushed over the centuries, so she didn’t see him as a significant threat, and was confident she could destroy him if necessary.

      Two, Jadriga always avoided the region near Istarinmul because of the loremasters of Iramis. When Callatas destroyed it, Iramis was one of the oldest cities in the world, and the loremasters of Iramis were perhaps the oldest extant organization of sorcerers upon the world. Iramis fought several wars against ancient Maat before Jadriga destroyed Maat, so the loremasters were experts in fighting Maatish necromancy, and they knew what Jadriga was and knew how to fight her. So for that reason she avoided the region around Istarinmul and Iramis and kept away from the loremasters whenever possible.

      Third, when Callatas destroyed Iramis, he did it to give himself a free hand to work his Apotheosis, but he also unknowingly removed one of Jadriga’s biggest opponents. Jadriga became aware of him then, along with his plans for the Apotheosis, but she ignored him, partly because he had removed one of her enemies, and partly because she might be able to manipulate him into doing something useful in the future. She thought the Apotheosis was folly, but didn’t trouble herself to stop it, because she knew she would complete her great work before Callatas could finish his Apotheosis.

      There are also a couple of other reasons, but we won’t go into them here because of spoilers. πŸ™‚ But needless to say, this will turn up in future GHOST EXILE books. The evil legacy of ancient Maat has caused Caina grief before (CHILD OF THE GHOSTS, GHOST IN THE FORGE, GHOST IN THE MASK) and it will do so yet again.

    1. Annarah’s pyrikon is something separate. Each of the loremasters of ancient Iramis had a pyrikon, assuming they passed the trials, but there was only one Staff of Iramis.

      Both the pyrikons in general and Annarah’s pyrikon in particular will play a big part in GHOST IN THE INFERNO.

  5. I think I have a theory on who Nasser is, which obviously I won’t say on here, so I was wondering if theres a way to ask if I’m right
    And there is something else I wanted to ask
    Is Caina related to Rania Scorneus, due to her mother being Laeria Scorneus?

    1. Good catch! I don’t think anyone’s noticed that yet. πŸ™‚

      Caina doesn’t know it, but her mother’s maiden name was Scorneus.

    1. In GHOST IN THE INFERNO. Amusingly enough, I think I am going to be writing a scene with him tomorrow.

    1. The Inferno, of course. πŸ™‚

      Longer version: Caina and allies plan to rescue Annarah from the Inferno.

    1. Won’t know for sure until the editing is done, but I guess around 340 to 350. (It depends on screen size on iPads/iPhones, though.)

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